Chasing still a concern, says Pakistan captain Hafeez

By AFP
Published: September 11, 2012

Mohammad Hafeez (R) plays a shot in front of Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez Tuesday urged his team to improve while chasing ahead of next week’s World Twenty20, saying it was a concern despite winning against Australia.

Pakistan clinched the three-match Twenty20 series 2-1 but were humiliated by 94 runs in the third and final match here on Monday, shot out for their lowest Twenty20 score of 74.

Pakistan’s previous lowest total was 89 against England at Cardiff in 2010.

Hafeez said Pakistan panicked while chasing a target of 169.

“There is a concern in chasing a target but I am confident that we will improve and do well in the World Twenty20,” said Hafeez of the 12-team competition which begins in Sri Lanka from September 18.

Hafeez warned that Pakistan still needs to find an extra gear when needed.

“We must lift our energy levels while we chase,” said Hafeez. “Despite losing the third game I can confidently say that there is a happy feeling within the camp and we are gearing up for the mega event.”

Pakistan is placed in Group D of the World Twenty20 along with New Zealand and Bangladesh.

“Our momentum is good and we want to carry over that winning momentum,” said Hafeez. “Twenty20 cricket is all about doing right things at the right time and I am sure the boys will do that.”

Hafeez backed the returning opener Imran Nazir who managed scores of 22, nought and one in the three matches against Australia.

“Nazir is a Twenty20 specialist and I am confident of his talent. He will surely be disappointed with his efforts so far but hopefully he will do well in the World Twenty20,” said Hafeez.

Hafeez’s counterpart, George Bailey said he was satisfied with his team.

“We have worked really hard, so to get the reward of a victory and see that the things we are working on are actually coming to fruition, I think that’s really important for us,” said Bailey.

Australia, losing finalists in the last World Twenty20 in 2010 held in the West Indies, slid to tenth in Twenty20 rankings after the series defeat.

“I think Pakistan are an unbelievable side, and at their best they can play some great cricket and at our best we can play some great cricket.”

Both teams flew to Sri Lanka early Tuesday.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Syed Shahbaz
    Sep 11, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Brother Hafeez get Asad Shafiq in place of Shoib Malik. Kick Umar Akmal out along with Kamran Akmal, Get back Zulqarnain Haider back in Team and train him. PCB have given so many chanches to Malik & Akmal why not Zulqarnain Haider?
    Kick out Sohail Tanvir and get Junaid Khan in Team.
    Make Sure to Boost Afridi as he will be a great Impact in the side!
    11 Man Squad As Follows:
    -Imran Nazir
    -Nasir Jamshed
    -Hafeez
    -Asad Shafiq
    -Afridi
    -K. Akmal or Zulqarnain
    -Hammad Azam
    -Abdur Razzak
    -Gul
    -Ajmal
    -Junaid

    --- I am a well wisher of Pakistan--- Please Keep this squad to achive success--*

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  • s
    Sep 11, 2012 - 4:15PM

    not having Junaid Khan is going to a big mistake

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  • mohammed ali jawaid
    Sep 11, 2012 - 5:00PM

    it’s not new, most of the times, in crunch, the team panicked. panic comes when you are afraid of defeat. you won’t panic if you are unmindful of the defeat. just consider that its just a game and give your 110%. but if you give the game to the opposition on a platter with your un-serious attitude towards the game then of course there is a problem.

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  • Sep 11, 2012 - 5:36PM

    First time have seen the match,now never seen again.
    God Almighty forgive.

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  • PK guy
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Asad and Hammad needs to be in the team. Hammad Azam is a better batsman with brains than Umer Akmal.

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  • Syed SHahbaz
    Sep 12, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Where is Junaid Khan i squad for World Cup????????????????????????????

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